NEW YORK (AP) — If you saw Justin Verlander pitch this year, you won’t be surprised to learn that Detroit’s ace was named first on all 28 votes cast by baseball writers for the AL Cy Young Award.
He’s the junior circuit’s first unanimous winner since Johan Santana in 2006, the same season Verlander captured the AL Rookie of the Year Award.
Verlander became just the 10th player to win pitching’s Triple Crown, leading the league with 24 wins, a 2.40 ERA and 250 strikeouts. The 28-year-old right-hander also threw his second career no-hitter while helping the Tigers win their first division title since 1987.
Jered Weaver of the L.A. Angels was a distant runner-up in the CY Young balloting, followed by Tampa Bay’s James Shields.
The only question now is whether Verlander win the MVP Award as well. No starting pitcher has won the honor since Roger Clemens in 1986, with Dennis Eckersley the last reliever to get it in 1992.
Source: Associated Press